We’ve been following this story out of Michigan for a while now, but its taken a turn for the surreal and its time to take action. Here’s the scoop:
Chris Armstrong is the University of Michigan Student Body President, and is openly gay.
Apparently this simple truth about Chris is enough to warrant unabashed hate speech from Michigan’s Assistant District Attorney, Andrew Shirvell. His blog, which we here will not link, is entirely focused on tarnishing this good man’s name and his feverish obsession with Chris is reaching new heights. Just last night he was interviewed by Anderson Cooper, and failed to tone down the crazy or give reason for his unwarranted attacks.
We can not let this go unanswered. Chris is one of our own, and he is taking a bold stand by being a leader in his community and living openly and with integrity. It’s cut and dry: he is being attacked and we have the power to end it.
Our friends at Equality Michigan are working very hard to respond to this situation, and we will have updates as they come in. One way you can help on the ground is to make a monetary donation, however small, to the organization that can have the most effect on Michigan LGBT residents.
Change.org also has an online petition, which we here have already signed, calling for Andrew Shirvell’s job. Take action with us.
Chris’ story is compelling and he needs our support. We can stop this hate at its source.
Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, who earlier this week defended his assistant in the media, has suspended Andrew Shirvell. He had said before that he had no intention of firing Shirvell and it’s unclear why he is now deciding to suspend him.
Cox claims he had not read Shirvell’s homophobic blog before now, so perhaps his rants proved to be too much.
Additionally Chris Armstrong, who has remained fairly silent about the whole ordeal, filed for a restraining order against Shirvell.
Apparently he wasn’t suspended at all and it was just a “voluntary leave of absence.”